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AT&T Accuses FCC of Bias Against T-Mobile Acquisition

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Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Dec 1, 2011, 11:04 AM

AT&T today offered its full response to the recently released Federal Communications Commission report on its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. AT&T claims the FCC's report is "so obviously one-sided that any fair-minded person reading it is left with the clear impression that it is an advocacy piece, and not a considered analysis. In our view, the report raises questions as to whether its authors were predisposed. The report cherry-picks facts to support its views, and ignores facts that don’t. Where facts were lacking, the report speculates, with no basis, and then treats its own speculations as if they were fact. This is clearly not the fair and objective analysis to which any party is entitled, and which we have every right to expect." AT&T goes on to tackle a number of concernes raised by the FCC in its rebuttal. AT&T says the FCC's belief that AT&T will expand its LTE network beyond 80% of the population without acquiring T-Mobile is speculation. AT&T says the FCC's belief that the merger won't create jobs is faulty, and points out that there's no way it can build out its planned LTE network without additional personnel. AT&T accuses the FCC of ignoring the spectrum issues at hand, and believes the acquisition will put AT&T and T-Mobile's spectrum assets to more efficient use — something that the FCC has asked wireless network providers to do. Last, AT&T says that the FCC document "lacks all credibility" and encourages the public to come to its own conclusions. AT&T ends by saying that the merger will create jobs, incur additional billions in investment, and will help the U.S. economy recover.

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kpflug86

Dec 1, 2011, 11:55 AM

shame

Not that care much if att gets it or not but i wonder how much money was used to pay off the FCC from "other companies that run around while holding the goverments hand" Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

PS: MONEY IN POLITICS ARE THE GREATEST EVIL
I highly doubt it was the influence of other companies that resulted in this report. Consumers had already recognized that AT&T was blowing hot air out their rear with their talking points, so if the FCC had reported something different, it would hav...
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ButtaKnife

Dec 1, 2011, 11:58 AM

Complete malarkey

"AT&T says the FCC's belief that AT&T will expand its LTE network beyond 80% of the population without acquiring T-Mobile is speculation."

Except, they will to compete with Verizon.

"AT&T says the FCC's belief that the merger won't create jobs is faulty, and points out that there's no way it can build out its planned LTE network without additional personnel."

AT&T will hire techs to do the build-out, and then lay them off once it's done. If they merged with T-Mobile, they would probably hire fewer new employees and lay off the same number upon completion. I don't see the job creation here.

"AT&T accuses the FCC of ignoring the spectrum issues at hand, and believes the acquisition will put AT&T and T-Mobile's spectrum assets to ...
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TMo is going to have a workforce reduction regardless. They are not profitable at all. They have been being subsidized for years by DT. The sad part is everyone is up in arms about the acquisition but one way or the other that sinking ship called tmob...
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Tofuchong

Dec 1, 2011, 5:05 PM

Lacks Credibility ?

"....AT&T says that the FCC document "lacks all credibility"..."

How does a document released by the FCC, the Federal governing body that is run and organized by elected and appointed officials at a very very high level of government, lack credibility?

If that document lacks credibility, then who's to say Any other document, including one that supports the merger, would also lack said credibility?

This is not in the public interest. The people dont want it, and the government clearly does not want it.

At&t's constant vocal defense of their position is actuially weakening it I feel, like an angry person who yells louder and louder when others will not listen to them. Shut up already at&t, we dont want to listen to you anymo...
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It lacks credibility because it wasn't voted on by the staff, which every document for that last 77 years has, as that is the OFFICIAL process. Since the documents never went through the official process, they lack the official credibility, and is jus...
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If you doubt that our federal government lacks credibility, you must have been living in a cave for your entire life.
Mark_S

Dec 1, 2011, 12:53 PM

Boo-Hoo-Hoo!!!!!

Now AT&T is grabbing at straws where there is nothing to grab.
Deutsche Telekom should have thought twice before entering into the U.S. carrier market.
To eventually have 1 GSM carrier in the U.S. market, subscribers are held at the mercy of the carrier and its plans with no freedom of choice to switch.
Of course this never came up if Sprint was able to buy TMO, and convert to CDMA, still would be one gsm carrier. But I guess thats different?
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GettingSleepy

Dec 1, 2011, 1:35 PM

Dear AT&T

People aren't as stupid as you think they are. Come up with some legitimate reasons to buy T-Mobile and stop making a fool of yourself please.
Thanks!
 
 
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